November 14, 2011.
Seattle now joins such cities as Los Angeles, Buffalo, NY, Victoria, BC, and San Francisco in its support of the Occupy movement. The Council today passed resolution 31337 recognizing and supporting the exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy Seattle as a fundamental right in the effort to redress economic injustice in America today. The resolution was introduced by Councilmember Nick Licata, cosponsored by Mike O’Brien and passed unanimously.
Occupy Seattle applauds the City Council for supporting Occupy Seattle and for recognizing the need for the City to do more to address the economic insecurity and destructive disparities that are at the root of the current economic crisis. In particular, Occupy Seattle urges the City to follow through on the resolution’s key steps:
1) review city banking and investment practices to ensure that public funds are invested in financial institutions that support our community.
2) address the circumstances and causes of home foreclosures in Seattle, the financial institutions involved in the foreclosures and the methods, tactics and apparent inequities in those foreclosures
3) address economic inequality and wealth disparities by identifying effective approaches to asset building, job training, access to banking and financial services, educational attainment, family support, and access to health care for historically denied populations
4) redress the adverse impact of both tax shifts and lost revenue to the City from exemptions or waivers allowed for City taxes
5) work with the State Legislature toward a more equitable tax structure in the state
6) reform city election campaign financing
7) use available resources to provide assistance for the most vulnerable people in Seattle particularly as Federal and State resources decline
8) urge Congress to support job creation, substantial investments in the nation’s physical and technological infrastructure and deficit reduction by adopting fiscal policies with equitable corporate and individual taxation
9) urge Congress to let the Bush era tax cuts expire
10) urge Congress to tighten regulation of the banking and financial sector and
11) urge Congress to increase community-building block grants for local schools and social services and protect public education from devastating cuts.
Formed on October 1, 2011 Occupy Seattle is a leaderless movement of concerned Americans who have taken to occupying public spaces in order to focus our nation’s attention on the undue influence of large corporations on our government, elected leaders and our democracy itself. It is inspired by and modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement.